[ klee-ver ]
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  1. a heavy, broad-bladed knife or long-bladed hatchet, especially one used by butchers for cutting meat into joints or pieces.

  2. a person or thing that cleaves.

Origin of cleaver

First recorded in 1325–75, cleaver is from the Middle English word clevere.See cleave2, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for cleaver


/ (ˈkliːvə) /

  1. a heavy knife or long-bladed hatchet, esp one used by butchers

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Scientific definitions for cleaver


[ klēvər ]

  1. A bifacial stone tool flaked to produce a straight, sharp, relatively wide edge at one end. Cleavers are early core tools associated primarily with the Acheulian tool culture.

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